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Top 5 Amazing Dog-Friendly Beaches in Tampa, FL (2023 Update): Off & On-Leash Places to Visit

Rachel Giordano

By Rachel Giordano

dog walking on the sand

The Tampa area has beautiful beaches and fabulous restaurants, but did you know there are several beaches and restaurants in the area where you can take your canine pal?

A day of fun and sun at the beach is a wonderful time but even better with your dog. Some beaches allow your dogs to be off leash, while others have strict rules about leashes. Nonetheless, several beaches allow you to bring your dog instead of leaving your furry friend at home.

In this guide, we’ll explore five beaches in Tampa and nearby areas that have dog-friendly beaches so you know where to go.

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The 5 Amazing Dog-Friendly Beaches in Tampa, FL

1. Picnic Island Beach Dog Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“7409 Picnic Island Blvd., Tampa, FL 33616
πŸ• Open Times: Sunset to sunrise
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes
  • Features a gated dog beach where dogs can be off-leash and get into the water
  • Amenities include clean restrooms, outdoor showers, drinking fountains, picnic tables, and a rinse area to wash off your pooch
  • Heads up: the water may have seaweed
  • Features grassy areas and shade to cool off

2. Davis Island Dog Beach

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“1002 Severn Ave., Tampa, FL 33606
πŸ• Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes
  • Features 2 separate fenced-in designated off-leash beach and water access area for your dog to roam freely
  • 5 acres with over 200 feet of water access
  • 2 dogs per person allowed in off-leash area
  • Water fountains and wash station available
  • Features grassy areas and sand

3. Paw Playground/Fort De Soto Dog Beach Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“St. Petersburg, FL 33715
πŸ• Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
πŸ’² Cost: $5 parking fee
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes
  • Two separate fenced-in areas designated for small and large dogs off-leash
  • Dogs must be on a leash outside of designated area
  • Dogs are allowed on the beach off-leash only at Paw Playground within the park
  • Features doggie showers for cooling off your pooch
  • Only 26 miles from Tampa

4. Pass A Grille Dog Beach

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“1-199 Pass A Grille Way, St. Pete Beach 33706
πŸ• Open Times: Dusk to Dawn
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • Dog-friendly beach on Bayside and dog-friendly restaurants nearby
  • Amenities include showers, toilets, and changing rooms
  • Bring waste bags to clean up after your pup
  • Your dog must wear an ID tag
  • Beautiful scenic drive from Tampa

5. Honeymoon Island State Park Pet Beach

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“#1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698
πŸ• Open Times: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
πŸ’² Cost: $8 parking fee, $4 for single occupant vehicle
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • All dogs must be on a handheld 6-foot leash
  • Leashed dogs are allowed on the nature trail
  • One of the prettiest beaches in the Tampa area
  • Features 4 miles of white, sandy beach

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Conclusion

Before heading out to any dog-friendly beach, we recommend checking the rules first because they change often. It’s also important to bring waste bags and clean up after your dog for a safe, fun, and clean environment for every beachgoer and doggie beachgoer to enjoy.

Even if a beach says your dog can roam off-leash, always bring a leash anyway because it may be limited to certain areas. Always pay attention to the designated signs that show the areas you can go to. Don’t forget to have fun!


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